“How do your relationships with other women bless your life?” That’s the question we’re asking young women here at the ELCA Youth Gathering. Let me share some of their awe-inspiring messages.
Katie writes: “My women laugh with me, cry with me, shop with me, gripe with me and share my silence. They are like an army of angels watching over my life.”
Kayla writes: “When I surround myself with positive, good women, such as my mom, they show me what I can accomplish. My mom’s the reason I’m here in New Orleans. Thanks to her I’m blessed by being here to help.”
Another Kate writes: “The older women serving Christ in my life are my biggest role models. They inspire me to live every day for God’s glory. Without the relationships I have with other women of God, my life would be very different.”
Pastor Christina writes: “My mother is the strength that made me see Christ. Because of her, I saw Christ’s call to make me a pastor.”
Sarah, age 14, writes: “They support me. They understand me. They love and protect me. They show me the woman I could be….”
Alexis writes: The other women in my life help me to know that I have strength and remember when I feel weak, they are there to back me up. Other women bless me by empowering me to go beyond expectations.”
Genny writes: “I am especially blessed by the example of some of the older women in my church … they have been a testament and witness to devotion and service. Thanks to them!”
Chyenne writes: “My mother is my inspiration. She became pregnant with me at age 16. She had to drop out of high school, work 2 jobs, and maintain having a child at such a young age. She has taught me so much about life and hard work. I am blessed to have her.”
So many young women agree with Chyenne and list their mothers and grandmothers as inspirations. Maybe they don’t always tell their moms that, but please know how much these young women love and admire you for all you do for them!